As most people seem to ignore my email requests to send me a short biography, I would like to make a general plea to all members to let me know by email if you would like to have your short bio published in e-Extreme. We started this section in order to provide members with a better insight into what their fellow-members have been and are working on as well as to give (particularly young) scholars the opportunity to let colleagues know what they are currently researching. So, if you want your bio to appear in a future issue of e-Extreme, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this issue, one of the two biographies is from Michael Dartnell, the newest addition to the editorial team of e-Extreme, who will be responsible in particular for all matters not relating to political extremism in Europe.
Michael Dartnell (Centre for International and Security Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada)
Specialising in the analysis of new forms of conflict, I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from York University, Toronto. My book Action directe: Ultra-left terrorism in France, 1979-1987 was published by Frank Cass (1995). I am the author of various articles on terrorism, political violence and conflict.
In 1999-2000, I started research for my project "Insurgency Online". The project centres on an examination of Internet use by anti-government groups in a broad selection of countries, with an eye to assessing how such groups send electronic messages to global civil society. Insurgency Online received a generous grant from the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. In 2000-2001, I was named a NATO-EAPC Research Fellow for this research.
I have published book chapters and articles on a variety of topics. My book chapters include: "A legal inter-network for terrorism: issues of globalization, fragmentation and legitimacy", in The Future of Terrorism (Frank Cass, 2000); "Where do angels hang in the cybernet nineties? - Meditations on theological politics", in Digital Delirium (St. Martin's Press/New World Perspectives, 1997); "Action directe", in Encyclopedia of World Terrorism (New York: M.E. Sharpe, 1996); and "France's Action directe: terrorists in search of a revolution", European Terrorism (G.K. Hall 1994).
My journal articles include: "The Belfast Agreement: peace process, Europeanization and identity", Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 2000; "A legal inter-network for terrorism: issues of globalization, fragmentation and legitimacy", Terrorism and Political Violence, Winter 1999; "Insurgency Online: elements for a theory of anti-government Internet communication", Small Wars and Insurgencies, Winter 1999; "HTML (HyperText Markup Language) as Needlepoint", CTheory, 1999; "Alias 'GBGPGS': Action directe internationale's transition from revolutionary terrorism to Euro-terrorism", Terrorism and Political Violence, Winter 1997); "Diana, gender sacrifice", commentary in CTheory, September 5, 1997; "Where do angels hang in the cybernet nineties? - Meditations on theological politics", in CTheory, 1996; and, "France's Action directe: terrorists in search of a revolution", Terrorism and Political Violence, Winter 1990.
Andrew Silke (University of Leicester, UK)
In 1993 I completed a B.Sc. in Applied Psychology at University College Cork, Ireland. I remained in Cork to complete a Ph.D. on terrorism under the supervision of Professor Max Taylor. This work was focused on paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland and in particular it examined the vigilante activities of the paramilitaries in the post cease-fire era. In 1998 I moved from Ireland to take up a post as a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester. Originally based within the School of Psychology, I later moved to Leicester's Scarman Centre where I became Course Director for the Forensic Investigation programme.
Considering my background, it is not surprising that I have a major research interest in the psychology of terrorists and terrorist groups. Among other things, I have also carried out work looking at: the impact of terrorist violence, the fund-raising practices of terrorist groups, the investigative profiling of terrorists, assessing terrorist threats, and predictive modelling of terrorist incidents. Recently I have been examining issues with regard to how terrorism is researched and studied, with a focus on exploring research trends and practices. I am currently involved in editing a volume titled: Terrorists, Victims and Society: Psychological Perspectives on Terrorism and its Consequences. This book will be published by Wiley in 2002.
A sample of some of my relevant publications include: "The Road Less Travelled: Trends in Terrorism Research", in Terrorism Prevention Branch (ed.), Global Terrorism Survey (Vienna: United Nations, 2001); "Chasing Ghosts: Offender profiling and terrorism", in D. Farrington, C. Hollin, and M. McMurran (eds.), Sex and Violence: The Psychology of Crime and Risk Assessment (London: Harwood 2001) pp.242-258; "When Sums go Bad: Mathematical Models and Hostage Situations", Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2001, pp.49-66; "Beating the Water: The Terrorist Search for Power, Control and Authority", Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2000, pp.76-96; "Cheshire-Cat Logic: The Recurring Theme of Terrorist Abnormality in Psychological Research", Psychology, Crime, and Law, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1998, pp.51-69.